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Personality Politics?: The Role of Leader Evaluations in Democratic Elections

Marina Costa Lobo and John Curtice


This book assesses the role that voters’ perceptions and evaluations of leaders play in democratic elections. The book presents evidence from an array of countries with diverse historical and institutional contexts and employ innovative methodologies in order to assess the importance of leaders in democracies worldwide. The book aims to answer the fundamental question about leader effects in old and new democracies: namely to what extent they are a sign of a new, more rational, relationship between the electorate and the political realm, or whether they symbolize the de-basing of politics in t ... More

Keywords: leader effects, democratic elections, voters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199660124
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660124.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marina Costa Lobo, editor
Social Sciences Institute of the University of Lisbon

John Curtice, editor
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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Marina Costa Lobo and John Curtice

Section 1 Political or Not? Where Do Leader Evaluations Come From?

Section 2 Systematic or Not? When Do Leader Evaluations Matter?

Section 3 Sophisticates or Uninformed Electors? Who Takes Leader Evaluations into Account?

Section 4 Competence or Character? What about Leaders Matters?

8 Between Leadership and Charisma, the Importance of Leaders

Michael Lewis-Beck and Richard Nadeau


Marina Costa Lobo and John Curtice

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